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Feb 16, 2009 05:20 PM

Store Bought Hard Boiled Eggs??!!!

I was in my local supermarket today and I happened to glance up and notice a package of "Peeled Cooked Eggs". Have cooking skills deteriorated so much that a person is now unable to simply boil water, put the eggs in the pot, and then peel them afterwards???

My friends and I used to tell a joke that you could tell the bachelors in the supermarket because they would be the ones asking for the aisle where the toast was located. I now fear that this might not only come true, but it will be offered pre-buttered as well.

On a similar note, my niece is taking a culinary course in high school. I asked her what she had cooked recently and she said "waffles". Then she told me that up until now, she just thought that waffles came in a box.

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  1. sad...I think the only thing that tops that are those "uncrustables" -- store-bought peanut butter and jelly sandwiches...things have become pretty horrid if folks can't even make their own pb & j.

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    1. re: Val

      I was shocked when I saw those. A few of my coworkers use them regularly for snacks, I just don't get it because last time I checked PB&J's were pretty dang easy to make, but also these pre made quasi-facsimiles are _not_ cheap.

      1. re: enbell

        Yeah, but they come wrapped in plastic! How are you supposed to wrap them in plastic at home? You can't just buy plastic bags for home use, can you?

        Plus, they remove the crust? What kind of crazy voodoo is that?

        1. re: Pylon

          pylon! you are too funny.

          in my mind, i heard the voice of "cirroc" (Kee-Rock) the "unfrozen cave man lawyer"
          "your technology frightens and confuses me...." <as he's on his cell phone.>

      2. The end of the world was near when I first saw salad 'kits' to feed a family of four in the vegetable section. I haven't ventured down most of the center aisles in years - I'm afraid! What do people EAT?

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          1. re: alwayscooking

            You know what, honestly, I've bought and continue to buy those kits, usually the Mexican Caesar salad one. Can I make it? Of course I can... but two things make me buy them: they're great for after my fitness boot camp when all I want to do is dump things in a bowl and take a fork to them, and the scalability -- I would have to buy a block of cheese for an ounce or two of cheese, a packet of 36 tortillas for one tortilla (which I would have to cut into strips and fry in oil), and a bottle of dressing or else make my own.

            Is it more expensive? Of course... but honestly, $3 to be able to come home, dump and stir and eat in front of the TV when I've been out of the house for 13-14 hours is sometimes not too much to pay.

            Feed a family of four, though, with that little bag? That's enough for two people to have a light supper if you extend it with a little protein (and, again, I'm not ashamed to say I've bought TJ's "just chicken").

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Good for you. Hey, we are all stressed time consumed. Yeah, I've done that added a pre roasted chicken and with the left over chicken sandwiches for lunch or dinner the next night. Add some ice cream sundaies and dinner with a nice chunk of bread. Nothing wrong. It may cost more, but I bet cheaper than take out and way better with leftovers.

          2. Already hard boiled and already dyed eggs come out around Easter in dozen packs as well.

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            1. re: enbell

              Do they have GSP signals so they are easier to find?

              1. re: chilihead

                If you mean GPS, then I bet that will be the next addition!

                1. re: enbell

                  on a similar note, don't some new microwaves come with UPC scanners to auto set time and temp?

            2. I find that ready made mashed potatoes is incredible, but there you go. Really not difficult to peel and boil then mash spuds.

              Then we have cut and cleaned celery, peeled and sliced carrots, cut up broccoli and cauliflour etc etc. yes convenient but .............

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              1. re: smartie

                The only thing like that I buy is those carrot chips. They're good for snacks and school lunches and I am simply not doing that. Already dyed Easter eggs is just...weird. that's the fun in it. I would be more concerned about the freshness of pre-boiled eggs.

                The advantage of mashed potatoes is a time thing and they're far better than instant.

                1. re: smartie

                  Cut cleaned celery and peeled carrots are handy when you're packing kids' lunches. I guess it's better to eat vegetables than not and if it's a convenience to buy them pre-cut and you're willing to pay for it, I can't see any harm. But hard-boiled eggs??!! That really does seem a little crazy. I suppose that if you consider that we all pay for bottled water, which is apparently mostly tap water in bottles, they can sell us anything.

                  1. re: Judith

                    I don't buy bottled water, but it's for environmental reasons, not economical. Biggest landfill filler right now and dreadful for the sea.

                  2. re: smartie

                    Ok - I understand being pressed for time. For me though, the loss of vitamins in the pre-cut veggies along with the extra handling and the chlorine rinse, aren't worth the trade-off. And instant potatoes just don't taste right (and that's not talking about the ingredients (potatoes, mono and diglycerides, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bisulfite, citric acid and mixed tocopherols). Lastly, pre-made mashed potatoes just can't compare with the real milk and butter we use - and we probably use a lot less salt.

                    How much time does it take to cut up vegetables? Maybe it's just a matter of practice.

                    1. re: alwayscooking

                      Last Thanksgiving I was at the store and this elderly man was wandering around bewildered. I asked if I could help him, and he was looking for pre-cut celery and onions for dressing. I pointed towards it, and he told me, practically in tears, that his wife wanted to keep making her traditional dressing but had gotten too weak to do all the chopping on her own, so he was trying to help. I thought that was so sweet!

                      1. re: danhole

                        Ahhh - very nice and a great use for them.

                        1. re: danhole

                          Why didn't he just chop the vegetables for her? People are so weird.

                          1. re: small h

                            He was pretty dang old, and I'll bet he didn't know his way around the kitchen, He sure didn't know his way around the grocery store! That generation was of the mind that the woman was in the kitchen and the man was not. If my mother in law had died before my father in law he would have starved to death without help. Luckily that didn't happen.

                            1. re: danhole

                              I can absolutely see that side of it. But this would be a great opportunity for the Mrs. to pass on some of her skills to the Mr., which would make him more self-sufficient and probably give her a sense of accomplishment as well. Next time you see this guy, have him call me. No one should die without learning to chop an onion.

                              1. re: small h

                                If he couldn't see the veggies in the store - do you trust him with a knife? Although it would be good if he had some knife skills necessary to feed himself.

                    2. Sounds stupid, but prepared foods are a big profit margin items for supermarkets.

                      At Japanese markets I've seen individual servings of cooked rice you pop in the microwave to reheat.

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                      1. re: monku

                        Frozen, cooked microwavable rice packed in serving sizes sold by Trader Joe's is a product I've seen raves for here on Chowhound.